Category Archives: 1970s

Judy’s—A California Store for Young (and a few Older) Women

Inspired by Jen Orsini of the blog Pintucks, I checked out the memoir of Marcia Israel-Curly (1920-2004), founder of a chain of California fashion stores called Judy’s. Her book, Defying the Odds: Sharing the Lessons I learned as a Pioneer … Continue reading

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Maggie Kuhn–Fierce

When Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995) was forced to retire once she turned sixty-five, her coworkers gave her a sewing machine.  They had seriously misjudged her retirement plans.  Kuhn had worked as an organizer all her life, first developing programs for working … Continue reading

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Dresses versus Pants–A Tale of Two Women in the 1970s

Reader Keri Payne sent me stories about two older relatives who had radically different styles, one always in dresses and the other always in pants. On her mother’s side was her grandmother Nell Blair, born in 1906.  She wore muumuus … Continue reading

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Teddi Winograd and Teddi of California

Just when I think that I have a basic knowledge of California sportswear, I discover something new. The brand Teddi of California, started in 1962, was featured in the June 1966 issue of California Stylist.  It was already doing big … Continue reading

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Prime Time—A Feminist Journal for Older Women

When Marjory Collins lost her job in 1971 at the age of fifty-nine, she couldn’t find a new one.  Employers weren’t interested in hiring a woman of her age. Out of anger she created her own position, although one without … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg

Back in the days when I wore dresses, I didn’t find the wrap dress very practical. When I wore it, the style was given to constant wardrobe malfunctions both on the top and the bottom. Since Diane von Furstenberg’s career … Continue reading

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Kay Thompson : A Pioneer in Pants

Unless you love the Eloise books or frequently watch the 1957 film Funny Face you might not know the name Kay Thompson (1909-1998).  She was a well known entertainer from the thirties on, with a long list of achievements: singer, … Continue reading

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What to Wear on Elephants, 1979

How fitting that this photo of three women adventurers was sent to me by Lizzie Bramlett of the blog The Vintage Traveler.  Lizzie has sent me many snapshots, but this is by far the most exotic. A handwritten message on … Continue reading

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The Menopot—a Record in Pictures

After menopause, women tend to gain weight around their middle. Pamela Peeke, a doctor specializing in diet and health, has given this phenomenon a clever name—the “menopot.” It comes about because sinking estrogen levels relocate fat from the hips and … Continue reading

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Koko Beall—A Life in Fashion Design

When I wrote about a favorite Vogue Pattern designer Koko Beall in 2014, I didn’t know whether or not she was still alive. Through the magic of the internet, her daughter Victoria Beall found my post. She sent the happy … Continue reading

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